Open Pit Mining Belitung

Kelapa Kampit
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Kelapa Kampit
HAS Hananjoeddin
Distance to Tanjung Pandan
57 km
Distance to Airport
42 km
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Uniqueness of Open Pit Mining

The Open Pit is not a tourist destination. This place is not built for this purpose. There are still many vetrical caves in this hill that may cause a serious danger for ordinary visitors. The road to open pit is also not very well maintained. If you travel by ordinary car, you must park the car far away down the hill and take a walk to the peak of the Gunong Kik Karak, except of you use 4x4 car. This place can be reached by one hour drive from Tanjungpandan to the East, the same way to Manggar.

If you are a photographer either amateur or pro, this place could be a heaven. Some of you may already having an experience doing photography hunting in Kawah Putih, the real crater of Patuha mountain in West Java. This place is similar, but it has its own unique. Your photography hunting target is the color and pattern of rocks, traditional tin mining workers for human object and the crater itself. The photos in this website taken just in the middle of the day with no friendly lighting at all. You should spend your sunset or sunrise hunting in this place. We wish you can produce a wonderful pictures.

Description Open Pit Mining

Open Pit is not a beach. This is a name of an area was used by Australian tin mining company BHP Billiton (1971-1985) and later on handed over to German company Preussag GmbH of Hannover as their main operation field for tin mining activity until late 1989. This place is unique because it was actually a hill named Gunong Kik Karak.

Special Open Pit Mining

  • Ex undergound tin mining site
  • Cave adventure to learn about tin mining activities
  • Man made crater on the hill of Kik Karak hill
  • Learning the history of tin mining in Belitung

Now, there has no longer tin mining activity in this place, those 2 international companies has no longer operating in Belitung. This place is just an abandon crater and not that many people visiting this place as tourist. The only activity left is the local people who doing a traditional tin mining activity, trying to find the small remaining tin in the sands inside the caves, as shown in the above pictures. They are using very traditional tools like a wok to separate sands from tin. They collect sands from down inside the caves. This is a very risky business since they do not have sufficient safety, and those caves has been left by the tin companies for more than 20 years. But, since this is the only skill and opportunity that they have, they just doing it.

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Things To Do at Open Pit Mining

  • Seeing the scenary
  • Photography hunting
  • Adventure around the area
  • Walking adventure

Since this hill has huge potential of tin reserve inside its underground rocks, then those tin company create a man makes crater just on top of the Gunong Kik Karak peak. The crater is huge just likes a normal volcano, but it is a man made. Gunong Kik Karak is placed in the center of sub-district Kelapa Kampit in Belitung Timur regency.


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Why those tin mining company creates such project ? This was the way for them to transport the tin rocks from down inside the hill and loaded into the trucks. The big trucks then travel down circleling the edge of crater and bring the rocks up to the hill and then transport to the tin factory. The modern tin mining activity in Belitung started after establishment of a Dutch company Billiton in Nederland at 29 September 1860 that having rights to exploit tin rich island of Bangka and Belitung from Dutch Colonial Government in Indonesia as Dutch colony at that time.

Surrounding the crater, there are several man made cave. This cave is the main place for underground tin mining activity. So the rocks that contain high reserve of tin was actually taken from the cave, and the crater is the way for the trucks to approach main gates of cave surronding the crater.

The cave was made by dynamit explosion. The geologist explore the structure of rocks and identify in which node the cave will be made. The workers drill the rocks and place the dynamit. After it explodes, then the rocks transported from inside the cave and bring to the gate of caves in the Open Pit area. This is how the tin mining activity was conducted in Belitung. This place was a center of Western cummunity in Belitung, since there were many experts from several countries worked in this place at that time.

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Comments Open Pit Mining

  • client
    10 May 2014

    Remember this place ... my father used to work there around 1981-1992. And we happen to have lived on a transport. Close to this place. Miss you belitong!

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    Putra sukma alam
    27 Feb 2014

    As a child raised in the small city of kampit, maybe only this open pit became our pride and hope to give life since our predecessors and grandparents, and as we began to understand that mines do not always exist and will become history ... we only hope that there will be hero to make open pit as a tourist destination, so that they (tourists) arrive and we can get rupiah to live up to our grandchildren later .. amen ..

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    Edi Kurniawan
    28 Jun 2013

    Open pit is a surface mining technique, if you want to stay in the relics of the mines there is also a lake on a transport hill

  • client
    15 Aug 2012

    Historical memories for Indonesia during the Dutch colonial era ... many historic survivors ... like this tour are very cool, the remnants of tin mining in the Dutch past ...

  • client
    24 Apr 2012

    I swear that this place is so cool that I have to visit it for the photographer's friends who won't regret walking from the foot of the mountain to the top of the cool pit oven after that !!!!!!!!!!

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